B.E.F. presents Sandie Shaw: Anyone Who Had a Heart

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Format: 7″

Label: Virgin (VS 484)

Country: UK

Year: 1982

Price paid: $4

Purchased at: The Bop Shop, Rochester NY

 

Every time you go away I always say this time it’s goodbye, dear

Sandie Shaw was one of the most successful female British pop vocalists of the 1960s, charting no fewer than seventeen top-50 hits on the UK charts during that decade including #1 hits such as ‘(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me’ (covered in 1983 by Naked Eyes) and ‘Puppet on a String.’ Once the decade ended interest in her music slowly waned…

At this point you may be saying “Well that’s all very well and good, but what the hell does this have to do with New Wave?”

She had a minor resurgence in the 80s, in small part due to her brief stint with the British Electric Foundation (B.E.F.) Although the single failed to chart in the UK, it reached #71 in Australia.

The B.E.F. was a musical production company and sometimes band created by Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware of the Human League, who would later go on to form Heaven 17. This single was one of the few released by B.E.F., who here provide the arrangement and production.

After being inspired by a letter received from Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr (of the Smiths) she would enter the music scene yet again, releasing material through the Rough Trade Records label during the mid-80s.

 

 

 

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